Introduction There are no clear guidelines in the treatment of a perforated appendicitis associated with periappendiceal abscess without generalized peritonitis. Presentation of cases We retrospectively studied six examples of treated children in order to discuss the reasons of our team’s therapeutic approach. Some children were treated with a conservative antibiotic therapy to solve acute abdomen pain, planning a routine interval appendectomy after some months. Others, instead, underwent an immediate appendectomy. Discussion By examining these examples we wanted to highlight how the first approach may be associated with shorter surgery time, fewer overall hospital days, faster refeeding and minor complications. Conclusion Our team’s therapeutic choice, in the case of a perforated appendicitis with an abscess and coprolith is an initial conservative case management followed by a routine interval appendectomy performed not later than 4 months after discharge. Abbreviations CT, computed tomography; CVC, central catheter venous; IA, interval appendectomy; NT, naso-gastric tube; US, ultrasonography; VC, vesical catheter

Perforated appendix with abscess: Immediate or interval appendectomy? Some examples to explain our choice

DI GRAZIA, MASSIMO;RIGAMONTI, WAIFRO
2015

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Introduction There are no clear guidelines in the treatment of a perforated appendicitis associated with periappendiceal abscess without generalized peritonitis. Presentation of cases We retrospectively studied six examples of treated children in order to discuss the reasons of our team’s therapeutic approach. Some children were treated with a conservative antibiotic therapy to solve acute abdomen pain, planning a routine interval appendectomy after some months. Others, instead, underwent an immediate appendectomy. Discussion By examining these examples we wanted to highlight how the first approach may be associated with shorter surgery time, fewer overall hospital days, faster refeeding and minor complications. Conclusion Our team’s therapeutic choice, in the case of a perforated appendicitis with an abscess and coprolith is an initial conservative case management followed by a routine interval appendectomy performed not later than 4 months after discharge. Abbreviations CT, computed tomography; CVC, central catheter venous; IA, interval appendectomy; NT, naso-gastric tube; US, ultrasonography; VC, vesical catheter
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